Healthy, Quick Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

I know you've been told: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” more times than you care to hear it, and I hate to break it to ya, but it’s true. Think of your body as a car - it can’t run without fuel. Eating breakfast is important to replenish your glucose and protein stores, jumpstart your metabolism and give you more strength and endurance after your 7 hour fast. And no, that cup-of-joe is not a complete breakfast. Start your day off on the right foot with a breakfast that's high in protein and fiber so you'll stay full until lunch and set yourself up for a successful day. Even if you don't think you have time for breakfast as you're rushing out the door, grab one of these healthy suggestions to start your day off right.

  1. Cold + hot cereal in a controlled serving, grab-and-go container. Single-serve packaging is great when you're traveling or to eat on your commute. Some of my favorite brands are Purely Elizabeth granola & puffs, Holy Crap Cereal, VIGILANT EATSsuperfoods cereal and Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods oatmeal.
  2. Two hard boiled eggs (look for grass-fed, organic eggs) plus 2 fiber crackers (I like Fiber Rich Bran Crispbread and GG Scandinavian brands). Make a batch of hard boiled eggs in the beginning of the week and keep them in a bowl in the fridge with the shell still on so they don't smell. Then you can just grab and peel as you're ready to eat!
  3. Nutrition bars. A bar for breakfast isn't always ideal, but if you're in a rush, it is a good choice. Keep it under 200 calories, high in protein and fiber and low in sugar. Two of my current favorites are the BHU Fit bar with egg white protein and the Raw Rev Glo bar.
  4.  Single-serve yogurts and cottage cheese. All you need is a spoon and you are good to go. I like the Siggi's 4% yogurt (yes 4% - some healthy fat is good for you!), and you can put the Purely Elizabeth puffs on top and maybe some berries. Good Culture cottage cheese is great and already has the fruit in it. You can add 2 fiber crackers here too.

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Heather Bauer

Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

She brings her fresh and inspiring approach to diet to prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. And she's featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine. 

Heather is the author of two best-selling nutrition and diet books, The Wall Street Diet and Bread is the Devil, and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and USNews where she writes about the latest trends.

She is the founder of Bestowed, the leading product discovery platform for health-conscious consumers, and has an active nutrition counseling practice in NYC, which she founded in 2001.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin with honors and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).